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SJP Opens Up About Beauty in Allure

Sarah Jessica Parker is Allure's February cover girl, and the accompanying feature is direct about SJP's appeal among women: Unlike many Hollywood stars, she hasn't done the requisite nose job and related "tweaking" that's so common today. The interview doesn't shy from examining some potentially uncomfortable territory, such as being named the Unsexiest Woman Alive by the jerks at Maxim. In the story, she opens up about being a nontraditional beauty, and I'm curious as to what you'll have to say about her comments.

  • On being named the Unsexiest Woman Alive by Maxim:
    “My instinct was that it felt personal. It was really about ‘We don’t like her.’ Who were the judges and critics? I would like to ask them, ‘What exactly is it that you personally find not sexy about me? Is it my figure? Is it my brain that bothers you?”

  • On men who prefer airbrushed women to real ones:
    “My impression is that what they find sexy doesn’t make them very interesting or unusual or special. That makes them common.”

For quotes on being pressured to change her appearance,


  • On her "unconventional" looks:
    “For so long, I didn’t play the object of attention or affection. It wasn’t until LA Story that anyone cast me in a role that had my sexuality as a point of interest or focus or operation. I just wasn’t examined in the same way that a ‘pretty girl’ would be.”

  • On being asked to change her looks for the industry:
    “There were some not-terribly-veiled conversations. Anything from as silly as plucking my eyebrows to getting my nose fixed. Nothing that stayed in my brain for very long.”

Of course, Sarah Jessica has had huge success as an actress and entrepreneur, but I like the fact that she's getting ever-so-slightly political here. She's right — men who expect women to be flawless are not very special. (And she turns it around, too, mentioning that she likes her men with a little natural body odor.) So, I kinda love her more than ever. You?

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gigill gigill 9 years
Urgh, first of all, shame on Maxim for coming up with a stupid list. I can't think of a women's magazine off the top of my list saying "Unsexiest men alive." I think SJP is an unconventional beauty I suppose. I think when she smiles there are some moments where she looks really fantastic and radiant. I also like the fact she admitted that she did take it personally, which I think is a normal human reaction. Awesome comment about men how men are common if they love the look of air-brushed woman. Looks fade ladies, it's about what is on the inside that counts too. :)
leanneluvsu leanneluvsu 9 years
Well, gee goly. Now she knows how women of color feel. But, I love SJP and I respect her unconventional looks. I have a long pointy chin, too. Big up to all the ladies with the long chin. SJP, Kim Kardashian, Eva Mendes.
HipMom HipMom 9 years
It is so obnoxious that they even have a cetegory like "The Unsexiest Woman" alive. What a loser you have to be to come up with that and to dignify that with a vote!!! I understand if they say, you know "celebrities we don't see what the big deal is about" or something - that expresses the reasonable idea that taste is very personal, and what may be sexy for someone might be a turnoff to someone else. But Unsexiest Woman Alive??? Come on. Do you know ALL the women in the world??? I'm pretty usre there are quite a few who are a lot less sexy than SJP!
casjen54 casjen54 9 years
Love her as a actress, and laud her comments. Maxim is for little boys anyway. SJP has her own look, and it's distinctive and very much hers, and it works for her!
chanelgirl95062 chanelgirl95062 9 years
Maxim is what is unsexy!! Being a strong and independent woman myself, I find that mag so pathetic. I love SJP for addressing their comments in such a smart manner and so direct. She's awesome! And by the way, unsexy to who???
bellakitten bellakitten 9 years
I love her for embracing her individuality! I also love her fragrance Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker. I can't get enough of it. :)
almostloli almostloli 9 years
SJP BBB! yay to brain beauty behavior, you go lady!
TuTuLaRoo TuTuLaRoo 9 years
I think SJP is very sexy. She is confident and that IS sexy.
Ayla Ayla 9 years
She is one of my favourite stars. She has her own kind of beauty and she is a goood actress as well. And of course she has wrinkles around her eyes, she is 42! I am ten years younger and they are slowly starting to show...
seeinpink seeinpink 9 years
I love you, SJP. Just the way you are. Good for you for staying true to yourself and doing things your way.
flyhunnie7 flyhunnie7 9 years
SJP is wicked awesome. Period. Also, I can't say why anyone has higher expectations from Maxim. They're lame and misogynistic. Gross.
bittie bittie 9 years
My goodness, the poor woman. You have to be pretty solid not to be thrown by something like the title of Unsexiest Woman Alive...I admire her for the way she's handled it. Can't say I'm behind her on the men-with-BO thing, though...
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 9 years
yah, the maxim list is very dumb. I always like SJP. she speaks well and seems like a genuinely nice person.
BerriesMtl BerriesMtl 9 years
i love her...but she HAS had a nose job!! check it out at there's a more than obvious difference between the pics from 1994 vs. 2003...and it's not make-up or contouring smells like the ashlee simpson kinda denial....
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I love SJP; she's such a lovely role model and a breath of fresh air in this airbrushed-hollywood era.
CarrieAnn CarrieAnn 9 years
Maybe we should all learn a lesson from her. For me it's incredibly sad to hear women commend her for her unique beauty and strength and for speaking out about this, then in the same breath slap down other women in the spotlight-- stating they should have been voted unsexy or calling them bimbos. It's like a good lesson gone to waste. I don't think she would appreciate that kind of behavior on her behalf.
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
I think she's very unique, and very pretty. I feel bad for her being labeled unsexiest. At least she appears confident and intelligent. :)
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I like her comment about how common it is for men to be enamored with airbrushed perfection. As long as they are, I think they deserve what they get, which is usually women who are as transparent and dull as the paper they're on. I think her self confidence is a guise, though. Whenever I've seen her in interviews, she's always been very girly and vain.
MissKate919 MissKate919 9 years
Good for SJP!!!! And I'm not sure anyone should take Maxim's opinion so seriously considering they are featuring Heidi Montag in an upcoming issue.
mlen mlen 9 years
i tend to think most times she looks good, sometimes she doesn't- either way though i like her attitude and agree with her comments! i'm glad she doesn't feel the need to "fix" herself.
musewings musewings 9 years
She's fabulous, period.
lollipopgirl lollipopgirl 9 years
Go SJP! you show them!
lotuslight lotuslight 9 years
I don't personally find her physically amazingly beautiful, but she is attractive and her attitude makes her very beautiful. I'm always SO glad to hear celebrity women speak up for not looking generic.
SugarQ SugarQ 9 years
I love her confidence, strength and style. She looks GREAT at 42.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Good for her, daring to be confident *gasp* in an environment that pressures women to hate themselves...
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